I don’t really like duck. I find it greasy and often strong in taste… But duck fabric I am a big fan of. It’s extremely durable as seen in its use in shoes, oil canvases and the like. Wolverine decided to make its new Cameron hooded jacket with 100 percent cotton duck material on the exterior (where you want it). Typically, duck fabric is woven together with two yarns in the warp and one yarn in the weft. The material used in the Cameron is a thick (12 oz.) material that is then lined with 3M Thinsulate insulation with a quilted polyester taffeta to keep you both comfortable and warm. That’s a lot of terminology for a jacket, but there’s a lot packed into this thing. The bottom line is that waterr and dirt runs off it and you stay warm. Plus it’s really easy to get on and off.
On the outside, the pockets are deep and easily accessible. They’re also all reinforced with rivets to make sure they can take a lot of weight and use without allowing the stitching to pull away from the main fabric. I liked that the primary hand pockets don’t use zippers, so you can get your hands in easily—even if you’re wearing gloves as is typically the case. Then, Wolverine added more pockets, like the vertical zippered side pocket on the left breast that’s perfect for sunglasses or your phone. The zippers are way too small and difficult to use with gloves, but they look like they’ll hold up to the weather. There is a nice pencil pocket that sits atop another pocket within the left-side hand pocket. It’s perfect for your carpenters’ pencils and/or utility knife. The hoodie is also well-designed, with durable drawstrings and a shape that lets it lay nicely against your back when not being used.
- 100% cotton duck canvas
- Body lining: 100% polyester quilted brushed tricot
- Sleeve lining: 100% polyester quilted taffeta, 210T
- Body/sleeve Insulation: 3M Thinsulate
- Wolverine DuraLock Defend – water and oil resistant
- Rolled shoulders
- Triple needle topstitching
- Three-piece lined hood with draw cord
- Interior chest pockets with zipper or velcro closure
- Front left chest welt pocket with hidden zipper closure
- Lower front kangaroo pockets lined with taffeta for wind resistance
- Front utility pockets with pencil slot openings
- Rivet reinforcements on pocket openings
- Center front zipper closure with metal logo zipper pull
- Interior wind flap
- Elasticized back and fully gusseted arm sockets create fully functional bi-swing back
- Articulated elbow pleats designed to allow full range of motion
- Concealed ribbed storm cuffs and bottom waistband
- Wolverine 30-day comfort guarantee
Interior pockets exist on the left and right with the left one being zippered and the right having a small Velcro closure. The jacket has a really nice range of motion and it’s amazing how thick it is, how well it insulates, and yet how lightweight and unrestrictive it feels when you wear it. The stitching is excellent on this jacket and the Duralock means it will resist water and oil (we didn’t have the heart to test it with oil, but the water ran off it like a…well, like a duck’s back.
Wearing It and Conclusion
One thing we have to mention is that it turns out the “Medium” that came in the mail was about the size of any XL we’ve ever seen. As a result, I got the task of putting the coat on some other people and interviewing them from the outside to see what they thought. One of my reviewers happens to be renovating an old single-story home, and so it was a great opportunity for him to get some use out of this jacket while we had some colder weather, and I needed both warmth and maneuverability. I had it on at least three people in teh course of this review, so it got a lot of use and feedback. Based on our sizing issues, we’d recommend you try this jacket on the make sure its going to fit you well before picking one up. Wolverine does offer a 30-day “comfort” guarantee, so the good news is that you can return it if needed. The Cameron hooded jacket is available in Charcoal, Bison and Whiskey in men’s sizes from Medium (we hope) to XXL.